From Palfau there are a variety of excursion possibilities.

Castel Gallenstein

Built in 1278, this three-towered fortress has a symbolic character, as it was the center of Gallenstein rule for centuries. It served as a safe refuge for Admont Abbey. From no other vantage point you have such a multi-faceted view of the St. Gallen valley. The short climb - past the Meierhof on the old castle path or on the slightly gentler uphill road - so always worth it. A snack station invites you to refresh. Numerous concerts.

Naturehistorical Museum

Natural history collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, shellfish and molluscs, herbaria, an insect collectio.

Art History Museum

The art-historical museum presents a selection of the Paramenten collection as well as the most important exhibits of the art-historical collection of the Admont Abbey.
3 Gamser watermills.

The 3 watermills in the Gamsforst were built in the 19th century. In 1977, the community undertook, with the support of the owners, a first rescue operation by renewal of the roofs. As a result, the Gamser Berg- und Naturwacht took over the revitalization of the highest mill with great craftsmanship. The "Eisenwurzen Nature Park" retains a remarkable piece of peasant history.

Forest Museum Silvanum

In a former granary from 1771 to 1979, the Austrian Forestry Museum Silvanum. More than 1500 exhibits impressively document the region's forest-historical past on 4 exhibition levels. The focal points of the exhibition are general information on forest forms, wood species and distribution, timber transport on land and water (sledging, rafting, drifting, rope conveyance), forestry auxiliary operations (charcoal burning, sawmill, turnery, etc.), as well as annual special exhibitions.

Center of Geology

Dominated by wood and glass, the center of geology in the middle of Gams is one of the most beautiful and modern exhibition rooms. Whether you start your time travel on the Geopath or the Geopath from here or whether you simply visit the Geocenter in this way, you will always find a lot of surprising and interesting things here.

Kraushöhle Gams

The Kraushöhle in the Nothklamm in Gams is a place of superlatives. Their peculiarity lies in the common occurrence of numerous small gypsum crystals and stalactites. It is one of the oldest show caves in Austria and the largest gypsum-carrying cave in the German-speaking world.

Die seit 1971 unter Schutz stehende Eishöhle ist vor allem wegen seiner Höhenlage (1330m) und seiner Lage in einem geschlossenen Hochwaldbestand (die meisten anderen Eishöhlen liegen über der Waldgrenze) liegenden Eingängen eine Besonderheit. Der Eishaushalt dürft in ursächlichem Zusammenhang mit dieser Vegetationsbedeckung stehen.


The Ice Cave, which is under protection since 1971, is a particularity because of its altitude (1330m) and its location in a closed forest (most other ice caves are above the tree line). The ice-household may be causally related to this vegetation cover.

Wasserlochklamm (water-hole-clammy)

The Palfauer water hole is one of the most impressive karst phenomena in Austria. In the middle of a rock wall, which is difficult to access, on the southern slope of the Hochkar is this giant carcass spring. A spectacular 65 m long rope bridge leads to the hiking trail and offers a great view of the Salza. A nature-adapted climbing system with wooden stairs and bridges leads through the 900 m long gorge. With its narrow ravines, the rocks carved from the rocks and five magnificent waterfalls that are 152 meters high, the Wasserlochklamm is one of the most impressive natural spectacles in Austria.


The Nothklamm, deeply carved into the hard limestone, is one of the most impressive natural spectacles of the Styrian limestone alps. In the approximately 900 m long gorge the Gamsbach overcomes a height of 80 m. It therefore flows quickly and the water floats rock blocks to meter size. They grind away the limestone in the streambed. For 1.5 million years, the stream cuts its bed in this way and it formed the steep banks of the gorge. The process continues today. Because of its scenic feature, the Nothklamm was declared a natural monument by the Styrian provincial government. You will experience a spectacular impression on the new wooden bridge system through the Nothklamm from summer 2005. The GeoPath will be a nice circular walk through this extension, which also leads past the Krauscave

Geo path Gams

Exploring the fascinating geological history on your own is a very special kind of nature experience. On the GeoPath, you will walk along the Gamsstream leads to the wildly romantic Nothklamm, one of the most impressive natural spectacles in the nature park. From station to station, you will walk through 230 million years of geological history.


In the middle of the Gesäuse National Park, a fascinating building has taken root and leafed - the pasture dome consisting of living willow branches. The willowdome is the largest living building in the Alpine region and with its extraordinary architecture and beautiful location on the Enns offers a place for experience, research and education.